MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING, EN­GI­NEER­ING, IN­DUS­TRIAL AND SYS­TEMS DE­SIGN

Ottawa Business Journal - Techopia - - System Update -

With more than 1,100 em­ploy­ees and an­nual rev­enues of $343.5 mil­lion, this sec­tor boasts a di­verse group of com­pa­nies.

A stand­out is Ple­ora Tech­nolo­gies, a provider of video in­ter­faces that has led the way in defin­ing global stan­dards for video de­liv­ery over Eth­er­net.

Founder and CEO Ge­orge Cham­ber­lain rec­og­nized back in 2000 the po­ten­tial that the Eth­er­net posed for video net­works.

“At that time it was done us­ing pro­pri­etary net­works, pro­pri­etary hard­ware and soft­ware and ca­bling,” says Ple­ora pres­i­dent Harry Page. “Ge­orge Cham­ber­lain saw how broadly de­ployed the Eth­er­net was be­com­ing. It was be­com­ing the global stan­dard, and he be­lieved that there was a need to de­velop tech­nol­ogy to take ad­van­tage of that.”

Cham­ber­lain’s work in­formed the ba­sis of the Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net GigE Vi­sion stan­dard. One hun­dred and sixty com­pa­nies from around the world par­tic­i­pate in the stan­dards body, and Ple­ora con­tin­ues to co-chair the com­mit­tee that was cre­ated in 2003.

The break­through made set­ting up in­spec­tion sys­tems much more ac­ces­si­ble, Page ex­plains.

“It al­lowed th­ese video ap­pli­ca­tions to be man­aged like an Eth­er­net net­work, to al­low for broad­cast­ing and mul­ti­cas­t­ing, so it’s built on a lot of the ad­van­tages that Eth­er­net had that weren’t avail­able in the old inherent legacy tech­nolo­gies.”

Ple­ora’s tech­nol­ogy was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped for fac­tory au­to­matic ap­pli­ca­tions, par­tic­u­larly for the qual­ity con­trol in­spec­tion of elec­tron­ics such as cir­cuit boards.

“It re­ally was kind of the emer­gence of what we call ‘in­tel­li­gent imag­ing,’ so that’s tak­ing in a high-qual­ity im­age and us­ing that as a ba­sis to make a de­ci­sion,” says Page, whose com­pany em­ploys 62 peo­ple.

The tech­nol­ogy is now per­va­sive, used for in­spec­tion sys­tems in the trans­porta­tion, med­i­cal and mil­i­tary sec­tors, and Ple­ora’s in­ter­faces can

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